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on who should go to the hospital and who shouldn't. major garrett reports on what the nra has to say about its meeting today with vice president biden. and a hurricane nearly blew them away. >> i was thinking about, you know, just closing up shop, taking my losses and moving on. but something told me to stay. >> pelley: but jersey had an answer for sandy captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. junior seau was one of the fiercest linebackers in the nfl. he had nearly 2,000 tackles on his way to 12 pro bowls and a super bowl. but retirement was even more punishing. saw au had emotional problems late in life that ended in suicide. and today researchers say that they found that seau who was only 43 years old was suffering from degenerative brain disease as the result of his career in america's favorite game. the findings add to a growing body of evidence that has the attention of players, parents and the nfl. seth doa ne has the seau report. >> reporter: junior seau was a star nfl linebacker for 20 years. last may, two years
-down with the nra on thursday. surn mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. washington officialsdy not expect he was going to win them over yesterday, but the powerful lobbying group left that meeting, determined to let it stand in the way of any new gun control measures. the meeting lasted more than an hour and a half, and afterward the nra released a statement saying it was disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had do with an agenda to attack the second amendment. nra president david keene was not in the meeting but called the meeting one-sided. >> prior to the meeting they made a number of statements in the white house they hadn't made up their mind, but after the meeting the vice president made it clear in terms of firearms they had made up their mind. >> reporter: the nra fought every one of them. at a separate meeting with hunting and wild lyre groups the vice president said there is still room to find common ground. >> even if what we do is only save one life, it makes sense, and think we ca
gun sales to go through a background check has widespread support, even the majority of nra members liking the idea, but how would background checks be implemented on private sales? as peggy fox tells us, they're already required in several states where the seller and buyer simply meet at a licensed dealer and the dealer runs the check. >> reporter: virginia tech shooting survivor collin goddard has gone undercover at gun shows across the country to show how easy it is to buy high powered firearms without a background check. >> this is exactly the problem that we want to stop. >> we bought this gun just last year at a dale city gun show with no background check. >> reporter: omar samaha whose sister rima of killed at tech believes every gun sale needs a background check. >> two people can meet online go, into a parking lot and exchange cash for the gun. there's no record of the transaction and you're selling to whoever you want. >> reporter: background checks use the fbi's date base to prevent felons, domestic abusers, serious drug abusers or those dealed dangerously mentally ill
including nra testify before a congressional committee. >>> a wounded warrior speaks out about the revolutionary surgery ghav him two new arms. >> i feel like i'm getting a second chance to start over after i got hurt. >>> and alex rodriguez is hit with new allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs as with new allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs as recently as last year. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, january 30th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, congress began its latest round of hearings on gun control today. the scheduled committee is scheduled to hear from five including the husband of wounded former congresswoman gabrielle giffor giffords. there was a buyback that appeared to be a rocket lawn cher. all of this seven weeks after the newtown massacre and as the president and members of congress lay out their proposal for gun control. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. this could be quite a rumble here on capitol hill. you have way
>>> vice president biden's task force hears from the nra and gun sellers today as his panel looks for ways to curb gun violence. >>> spreading outbreak. the flu has prompted a health emergency in one of the nation's biggest cities, and now nearly every state has declared a widespread outbreak. >>> commuter chaos. dozens of passengers bound for new york city are injured when a ferry slams into a pier. >> it completely rocked me. people were like human projection tooils flying into >>> and an orca whale struggling to survive after being trapped under a vast stretch of ice. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, january 10th, 2013. good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. today, joe biden's task force on gun control hears from gun groups advocating gun rights including the national rifle association. biden is promising urgent action against gun violence in the country and says the president could go around congress by issuing an executive order. susan mcginnis gets us starts in washington this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell
there's a need to ban assault weapons. >> newtown fundamentally changed things. >> reporter: but the nra says law-abiding citizens need the same technology the criminals have. >> that means we believe in our right to defend ourselves and our families with semiautomatic firearms technology. >> reporter: the nra has a lot of support here on capitol hill, especially in the house where many say an assault weapons ban has little chance of being passed. >> this is going to be a tough go. >> reporter: and it may be tough to win over some of the public as well. on wednesday, sheriffs in missouri, california and texas announced they would not enforce new gun control laws, such as an assault weapons ban. >> if there are laws passed that i feel and can prove that are unconstitutional, we will not enforce those rules and regulations here and i think we have the powers to do that. >> reporter: president obama is sending vice president biden on the road to gather public support. >> we're going to take it to the american people. >> reporter: the trip begins tomorrow with a rally in virginia to promote
devoteed this week to hearing from all sides, including the n.r.a., tomorrow. >> we're here today to do with a problem that requires immediate action, urgent action, and the president and i are determined to take action. >> reporter: he met today with victims of gun violence and gun control advocates and said the political climate will never be the same after the newtown massacre. >> i've been doing this a long time. of all the tragic events we've endured, i don't think anything has touched the heart of the american people so profoundly as seeing those young children not only being shot but riddled with bullets. >> reporter: the white house is also looking at ways to encourage gun owners to use and store their firearms more safely. it is reviewing the effectiveness of gun buyback programs seeing if a federal buyback program might actually work. biden also said the president might side step congress and seek to advance his agenda through executive order. senior officials offered no details but, scott, they acknowledge there's very little the president can do to advance gun control withou
control. in 1996, the nra successfully lobbied congress to put this restriction into the cdc's budget. none of the funds made available may be used to advocate or promote gun control. >> these were shots fired across the bow, and they terrorized the people at cdc. they terrorized researchers who said, "whoa! this is scary. i don't want my funding jeopardized." >> reporter: the nra was infuriated with a 1993 study sponsor bide the cdc, that concluded having a gun at home offered little protection but increased almost three-fold the risk of one family member shooting another. cdc spunding into gun violence research has been plummeted 96% since 1996 to just $100,000 of last year's $5.6 billion cdc budget. is gun violence a legitimate public health issue? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: bob barr, a former georgia congressman, sits on the board of the nra. >> the issue of firearm violence is handled and ought to be handled as a law enforcement matter. we don't need the government involved in this. it is all about the big "c." control. >> reporter: scott, the next step is up to congress whe
are members of the n.r.a.-- and there are in fact lots of them-- they don't want to be called "the gun lobby." >> what's your take on that? >> i think there's also a non-washington piece to this. obviously, relations with congress on one side of the aisle are pretty poisoned right now. but also out in the i didn't the american people don't want to see this divisiveness. they want to see the president say i won the election, and now here's where we're going but we're going together. i recognize that we have differences that may be even deep, but first and foremost, we're americans. if you take something like immigration, for instance, i think this is something that could actually unite us again as a country because americans know that's who we are as a people. we're a country of immigrants. we've really benefitted tremendously from being able to tap human potential from all over the world. but you can't do it from the point of view of "i'm going to put this down and then you take it or leave it" because there are some deep divisive-- divisive issues within the immigration debate that are goin
shooting, the nra goes to the white house and leaves unhappy. >>> if you took ambien last night, we may have news that may cause you to lose sleep. >>> plus, did a v.a. hospital try to minimize a deadly disease outbreak. >>> but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your worldn 90 seconds. >>> this is among the worst flu seasons that we've had. it's really pushing us to our breaking point. >> flu fears rise as vaccine supplies run low. >> clinics are struggling to keen up with demand. >>>out side tulsa, oklahoma, no one's going to school today. a quarter of the school is sick. >> we would be in what we classify as a flu epidemic. >> vice president biden who's heading up the dask force on gun violence is meeting with the nra. >> we're not going agree on these gun questions. >>> i was like it can't be real. i was in shock. >> another school shooting in taft, california. >> police say hero teacher stopped him from more shots. >> i'm surprised. >>> across the upper midwest and northern plains with wind-driven snow. travel conditions will be dangerous if not impossible.
. be courageous. americans are counting on you. >> pelley: we'll hear from gabrielle giffords and the nra. nancy cordes reports from capitol hill. michelle miller has one mother's story from newtown. a massive storm system is moving across the country tonight. what's coming next from meteorologist david bernard. the economy suddenly stops growing. anthony mason looks at the surprising new numbers and with the super bowl coming this weekend, jim axelrod in new orleans, where the city's chefs have served up an economic recovery. >> reporter: the population shrunk, and yet the number of the restaurants went up? >> yeah, it's a miracle, isn't it? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the senate judiciary committee had assembled for the first congressional gun control hearing since the sandy hook tragedy when the surprise witness appeared. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords of arizona was led by the hand by her husband, mark kelly. it was two years ago this month that giffords was shot through the head during a meeting in tucson. 1
three days before she was killed. viuso, who's been an n.r.a. supporter, owns two rifles an an air pistol. how have your opinions changed since the shooting? >> i used to be completely opposed to any kind of legislation about guns. but now, as long as it's balanced with the mental health issues as well then, then yeah, i think it's a good thing. it's sad that it took this tragedy for me to get there. >> reporter: she wants more extensive background checks, limits on high-capacity magazines and disagrees with the n.r.a.'s call for armed guards in every school. >> seriously? do we want to live in that kind of environment where -- i think that projects fear on to the children instead of taking it away. >> reporter: beforehand you would feel that you were supportive of their positions? >> yes. >> reporter: do you feel that way now? >> no, not this position for sure, no. >> reporter: desiree viuso tells us that in the three weeks since the shooting the first time she felt even the slight "essence" of the darkness lifting was yesterday afternoon when her fourth grader at sandy hook eleme
. >> reporter: but the nra says law abiding citizens need the same technology criminals have. >> we have the right to defend ourselves and our families with semiautomatic firearms technology. >> reporter: the nra has a lot of support here on capitol hill, especially in the house where many say an assault weapons ban has little chance of being passed. >> this is going to be a tough go. >> reporter: it may be tough to win over some of the public as well. on wednesday, sheriffs in missouri, california, and texas announced they would not enforce new gun control laws such as an assault weapons ban. that i feel and can prove that are unconstitutional, we will not enforce those. >> reporter: president obama is sending vice president biden on the road to gather public support. >> we're growing to take it to the american people. >> reporter: the vice president's road trip begins tomorrow with a rally in virginia to promote gun control. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >>> the senate judiciary committee will start holding hearings on control proposals coming up next wednesday. >>> stopping gu
this morning." boston declares a flu emergency and the nra meets with the vice president to talk gun control. cnn's piers morgan is here. he's generated so much anger, the white house has had to react. >>> baseball hall of fame voters send a message on steroids saying no to everyone. >>> plus, the oscar nominations revealed in a new way. >>> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >>> i am declaring a public health emergency in the city of boston. >> a deadly flu outbreak spreads nationwide. >> the number of flu cases is getting worse. the virus killed 18 people in massachusetts. >> all 50 states are affected and at least 41 states have a widespread outbreak. >> cough a lot, sneeze a little. i've been in bed all day. >>> the president and i are determined to take action. >> joe biden plans to meet with the national rifle association. >> he wants to advance his agenda through executive order. >> the president can do almost anything he wants to. the question is will he get away with it. >> the prts's cabinet continues to take shape. >> later, hild
: do you think the n.r.a. is now or less powerful than 20 years ago? >> i think they're equally as powerful. they're now supported by a lot of gun manufacturers. they've certainly extended their arm-- this morning's front page story in the "new york times" tells about their efforts to provide training and weapons to youngsters 8-15 years old. as a matter of fact, i saw a very young youngster with an ar-15 in the newspaper this morning. that's the same type weapon that was usedly at sandy hook school. i know what happened to the bodies at sandy hook school, and to have these weapons just floating around our society and particularly with youngsters who are by nature unpredictable, is a bit frightening. >> schieffer: let me ask you this. some people clearly see-- and i think they're sincere about it-- that they just feel this infringes on their rights and that this is the first step to taking their gun away from them. >> well, let me talk about rights for a minute. does a child have a right to be safe in school? does a law client when he goes into a law firm have a right to believe
would expect everybody else to. >> reporter: nra executive vice president wayne lapierre is representing the powerful gun lobby at the hearing. >> let's be honest. background checks will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them. >> reporter: while gun control is getting new attention here on capitol hill, getting laws passed is an uphill battle. republicans as well as many democrats are strong supporters of gun rights. >> the 1994 assault weapon ban did not stop columbine. the justice department found the ban ineffective. >> reporter: senator diane fine stain has already introduced a new assault weapons ban. senator chuck schumer is behind feinstein's bill, but he is not optimistic it will pass. >> but i think we're going to give it the old college try because you cannot have month after month after month these kinds of shootings. >> reporter: more than 200 people packed the room for today's senate hearing. danielle nottingham, cbs news, capitol hill. >> william mo cowan has been selected to replace senator john kerry. kerry was confirmed as the next secretary of st
is now and you must act. also on the hill nra vice president wayne lapierre. >> my problem with background checks is you're never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks. >> the criminals won't go to purchase the guns because there will be a background check. we'll stop them from the original purchase. you miss that point completely and it's basic. >> senator, i think you missed it. >> let there be order. >> just a taste of the conflict ahead between getting any new legislation passed will be tough with gun rights supporters on both sides of the aisle. >>> let's party a bit down in new orleans. wusa9 anchor andrea roane there is for our glitz and blitz team coverage. at super bowl xlvii, hey, andrea. >> reporter: hi there, derek. look where i am, on stage at snug harbor here with the uptown jazz orchestra and its leader delcio marsalis and we'll listen to them play a little, but this is what louisiana is all about, great food, great music and it's all right here at snug harbor. ♪[ music ] >> reporter: i've got to talk to the leader, delcio marsa
the national rifle association. but finding common ground could be difficult. the nra's president calls these white house meetings disingenuous. >> i think they're going to do everything they can to strip americans of their right to bare arms. >> reporter: the obama administration says they're looking for ways to stop mass shootings like the massacre in newtown, connecticut. the vice. and his task force are talking to a range of groups, from victims of gun violence to major gun sellers like wal-mart and even hollywood. cbs news has learned president owe bam pa will likely reveal -- obama will likely reveal new ideas to introduce to cut down gun violence. the white house could also recommend universal background checks for gun buyers and a national gun database. many members of congress oppose the measures, but the vice president says the president may be able to bypass congress and use an executive order. mike collins works at a virginia gun shop. he says all the talk about new restrictions had boosted business. >> a lot of people have been on the fence. they were thinking about buying
biden had more to do with taking away gun rights than protecting children. the nra says, and we quote, it will not allow law abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen, end of quote. however, there is another proposal that does seem to be getting traction. >> there is a surprising, so far, a surprising recurrence of suggss that we have universal background checks. >> currently 40% of all gun sales in this country do not require a background check. the vice president will deliver his proposal to president obama by next tuesday. >>> there are new details about a shootings at a rural california high school. police say a 16-year-old student walked into taft high armed with a shotgun. he shot one student, fired at another, and missed, then a teacher and student supervisor talked him into giving up his weapon. tonight that wounded student is in critical but stable condition, and according to the cops, the student had planned the attack and targeted students he felt had bullied him for more than a year. >> it goes without saying to stand there and face someone that
through a background check has some widespread support. even the majority of nra members support the idea, but how would background checks be implemented on private details? as peggy fox reports, they're already required in several states, but the seller and the buyer meet a licensed dealer who runs the tech. >> reporter: virginia tech shooting survivor collin goddard has gone undercover at gun shows across the country to show how easy it is to buy high powered firearms without a background check. >> this is exactly the problem we want to stop. >> we bought this gun last year at a dale city gun show with no background check. >> reporter: omar salaha whose sister was killed believes everybody needs bake ground check. >> if somebody fails a -- a background check. >> if somebody fails a background check, the police are supposed to investigate why there was a failed sale and last year in virginia alone it led to 850 arrests. >> reporter: but still virginia and 32 other states do not require background checks on private sales. some gun stores like sharpshooters here in lorton will do a back
. >> okay. >>> the fix was in. that's the feeling of nra officials after meeting with vice president joe biden at the white house to talk about gun control yesterday. the nra representative at the meeting says the white house seems intent on trying to pass new gun control laws. so in response, the group issued a statement saying quote -- it will not allow law- abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. >>> and on the same day that gun control was being addressed in our nation's capital, police in california are investigating a case where a teen shot two kids at the high school because he says he'd been bullied. he planned the attack for a full year. he shot and critically injured one student and then fired on others before tetchiest convinced him to put the -- teachers and other students convinced him put the shotgun down. we'll have more to come on the gun control efforts coming up in our next half hour. >>> a colorado judge says there's enough evidence for james holmes to go to trial for the july shooting spree at the aurora movie theater. holmes is scheduled
the discussion with an emotional plea while the nra pushed back against any new gun laws. danielle nottingham reports from capitol hill. >> reporter: former congresswoman gabrielle giffords had some difficulty getting the words out, but her message to lawmakers was clear. >> the time is now. you must act. >> reporter: giffords came to happy hill with her husband -- capitol hill with her husband, retired astronaut mark kelly. a ban on large capacity magazines he said may have injured the gunman from taking his wife's life when he took six drives. >> when he tried to reload, he dropped the magazine and a woman grabbed it and it gave bystanders a time to tackle him. >> reporter: republican lindsay lindsey graham offered a counter example of a woman running out of bullets defending herself. some democratic senators have introduced legislation to ban high capacity magazines and assault style weapons, expanding background checks also up for debate. >> my problem with background checks is you're never going to get criminals to go through universal back ground checks. >> reporter: wayne lapierre
and the country's most powerful gun lobbying group, the nra. danielle nottingham reports from the white house. >> reporter: she came to this virginia gun shop to buy her first firearm. she says that the mass shootings in aurora, colorado and newtown, connecticut helped her make this decision. >> if i have an opportunity to save other people because i have been equipped, then i'm going to do it. and if i have the opportunity to save myself, then i'm going to do that as well. >> reporter: as the vice president sat down with the gun rights groups on thursday, he kept the focus on preventing gun violence. >> and there's got to be some common ground here. >> reporter: but finding that common ground with the nra has been difficult. the national rifle association said that their closed door meeting with biden had more to do with taking away gun rights than protecting children. and the white house, they are looking to ban assault weapons in high capacity magazines. that's a hard sell to gun owners, but there's another proposal that seems to be gaining some traction. >> and there is a surprising thing
feinstein gets her question to question him at today's hearing. she has been an outspoken critic of the nra. tuesday she told reporters they have fought virtually every kind of regulation. the time has come to change course and the time has come to make people safe. la pierre says congress shouldn't pass any new laws till the government starts enforcing the laws already on the books. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> it is unclear if gabriel giffords will attend today's hearing but connecticut center richard bloomenthal says there will indeed be a surprise guest. he's just not saying who that is going to be. >>> could there be a compromise coming on the controversial pit bull laws in maryland. montgomery county delegate luis simmons hopes to introduce a bill that will achieve that. last year pit bulls were ruled inherently dangerous. >>> a new display at washington crime museum takes a close look at dog fighting. the exhibit called dog fighting: the voiceless victims is sponsored by the uspca. it features items used by dog fighters. there's a skull of a pit bull that was removed from
ground with the nra has been difficult. the national rifle association said its closed door meeting with biden had more to do with taking away gun rights than protecting children. the white house is looking to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. that's a hard sell to gun owners but there's another proposal that seems to be gaining some traction. >> there's a surprising, so far, a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. >> reporter: currently about 40% of all u.s. gun sales don't require a background check. stern and her friend support background checks for all gun purchases but sabanning weapons own -- say banning weapons won't stop violence. >> you can't legislate bad intentions out of people. >> reporter: the vice president's task force is looking to gun retailers to help bridge the divide. several including wal-mart took part in meetings thursday. danielle nottingham, cbs news, the white house. >> in another shooting now police say a teenager who shot two students yesterday at a high school in at the, california apparently had b
hill. >> we owe it to our constituents and our country to try. >> the nra calls the feinstein bill a wrongheaded approach and says gun bans don't work. now, the original passage of the assault weapons ban in 1994 is blamed for costing the democrats, both the control of both the house and the senate because they supported it. so you can see, anne-marie, just how tough this battle is going to be. >> indeed. susan mcginnis in washington. thank you. >>> well, in senator feinstein's home state one los angeles school district has decided to fight fire with fire. it's armed guards at a school that use the same weapons there. that they believe is the only way to protect. >> it's heartbreaking that we have to resort to this level of preparedness. >> reporter: the fontana's police chief is billy green. he bought each officer a semiautomatic rifle. fontana is one of the first school districts to publicly acknowledge having such weapons on campus. by day they're locked in patrol cars or police lockers in school buildings. so these are military-style weapons. >> yes, sir, they're similar to the
it to our constituents and our country to try. >> reporter: the nra calls the feinstein bill a wrong headed approach and says gun bans don't work. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> there are more than 2,000 types of hunting and sporting firearms which would not be affected by this ban. >>> democrats and republicans in the senate can apparently agree at least on something. yesterday lawmakers both parties drafted a new filibuster rule. the goal is to speed up action on the senate floor. it's going to require 60 of the senate's 100 votes to end filibusters on bills and nomination but the changes will reduce the number of filibusters that are allowed. there's no word whether or not the full senate is going to vote on the proposal. >>> women can now be on the front lines during war in the u.s. military. defense secretary leon panetta and general deafen see signed the order yesterday. since 2001 more than 280 women have been deployed to iraq and afghanistan or to jobs in neighboring nations to support our wars. >>> president obama has nominated is well-known crime fighter to go after wall
. >>> a face-off between the nra and the husband of gabby giffords. details on today's showdown on capit capitol hill. >> and not again. baseball's alex rodriguez denies doping zblagss and we take you to super bowl media. >>> but we begin with this morning's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> severe storms rip through the south. >> a tornado tore through mississippi. >> two other twisters touched down in arkansas and missouri. large parts of the country are bracing for more. >> today the senate will hold its first sheeting on gun violence since the shooting in newtown, connecticut. >> the nra is expected to tell lawmakers that bans on aseattle weapons are not enough. >> police stand off with a suspected gunman. they say he shot a school bus driver and then took a child. >> the report accuses a-rod of buying human growth hormone and other substances from a miami clinic. >> a hero soldier now recovering after receiving a double arm transplant. >> i really don't know what to say because it's just such a big thing for my life. it's just fantastic. >> this morning overseas markets are
president meets with representatives of gun owners groups. the nra believes any restrictions violates the constitution. >> i don't want any part of my freedom taken away. >> reporter: vice president biden says he believes new laws can make it through congress because newtown, connecticut changed the political landscape here in washington, d.c. >> touch the heart of the american people so profoundly. the young children not only being shot, but rittled with bullets. >> reporter: still skeptics say new gun laws won't prevent criminals from getting their hands on dangerous weapons. >> it's not going to matter. >> reporter: but the vice president says he and president barack obama are determined to act. >> the vice president also said he is talking to justice department officials to see what steps the president might be able to take through connective orders instead of getting congress to pass new laws. >> and now the gun control debate is not just happening between capitol hill and the white house, in the 2013 maryland general assembly, the governor said he intends to submit a bill that w
congress to pals new laws to keep americans safe. nra chief wayne lapierre was also there and he rejected the argument that new laws would do just that. this was the first congressional hearing on the issue since the school shootings in newtown, connecticut. >>> more than two dozen students from sandy hook elementary school are headed to new orleans. the children will perform at the super bowl on sunday. they're scheduled to sing "america the beautiful" just before kickoff. >> which brings us to the latest on the controversy surrounding ray lewis. the ravens say the "sports illustrated" report linking him to performance enhancing drugs will not be a distraction as they prepare for sunday's super bowl against the 49ers. they say he used deer antler extract which contains a substance banned by the n.f.l. he denied ever using it in his effort to return. sunday's super dome showdown will be the final game of his career and of course you can see it right here on wusa9. >> of course, wusa9 is in new orleans. we're counting down to the big game all week long bringing you all the stories, all the
to testify and include wayne lapierre from the nra. things could get pretty emotional with the testimony of mike kelly, husband to gabriel giffords. this all follows last month's elementary school shooting in newtown, connecticut. >> passions run high on this issue. there's no question about it on both sides. >> illinois democrat dick durbin may see some of those high emotions from his fellow senate committee members. california democrat diane fine fine has introduced a bill that is going to revive the ban on assault weapons. she's expected to grill lapierre saying the government needs to enforce the laws already on the books. >>> today at noon governor martin o'mall is going to deliver hiate ofthe state a. he's probably going to see a rally as he leaves the state house, by owners and supporters of pit bulls. they're gathering in support of a bill that would undo an appeals court decision that designates the pit bull breed as dangerous. it's led to some landlords trying to evict tenants who own pit bulls since they could be liable for any injuries if the dog bites. >>> time is 5:36. i'm
order. >> i'm a proud member of the nra, but i've been a proud gun law-abiding owner my whole life. >> reporter: he says that congress has become so divided that it is hard to talk compromise. >> it is almost guilt by conversation that i can't even sit down to have the open conversation and a dialogue without someone saying well, you've changed. >> reporter: the new york senator says now, it's the time to act. >> and they saw the tragedies in connecticut and they see the tragedies all across the country. their hearts are breaking as they want congress to come together to get something done. >> she'll introduce her next gun trafficking. >> to promote them today. and they took part of the internet web chat to promote gun control. >>> they opened gun confirmation hearings for the secretary of the state. the senator jim kerry. the massachusetts democrat served for 28 years now. he said that they must get their fiscal house in order to lead worldwide. in his words, "foreign policy is confirmed." as expected, he would exceed them who testified today on their behalf. >>> at the house mino
jersey's governor chris christie is criticizing the nra for their new attack ad that references the president's children. christie called their ad reprehensible and says the group has lost some of its cent. >>> investigators in chicago will exhume the body of a recent lotly winner to figure out how he was poisoned just days after winning the jackpot. he won $425,000 this summer. but he died right before he was about to collect it. toxicology tests revealed he was poisoned with cyanide. there are no suspects in the murder at this point. police are hoping an autopsy will produce more evidence in the case. >>> well, winter storm is caused tens of thousands if not close to 100,000 people to be without power in the southwestern section of virginia. the snow quickly stuck to the roads and amherst, virginia. which is just north of lynchburg. people also reported thunder snow there. >>> colorado governor john hicken looper made good on the football bet. he mailed a dozen lamb chops to maryland governor o'malley. >> it's famous for the broncos' loss to the baltimore ravens this past satu
thursday's meeting with vice president joe biden. nra officials say the administration is more concerned with taking away gun rights than protecting children. the white house is meeting with advocates from all sides in the wake to have the newtown school shooting. >>> you can see why passengers might have been a bit startled when they looked out the window of the qantas plane. they may have thought they were extras in the samuel l. jackson movie "snakes on a plane." there's a snake a long one caught between the wing and the body of the plane. this particular python is not poisonous and the snake did freeze to death in the high altitudes so no concern for -- welfare of the passengers. still a little scary. >> wow. >>> if you're counting down the hours until the weekend, well, help out with sneak peeks of the new movies you can see the heat -- see in theaters. >> at 5:35 outgoing secretary leon panetta talks budget concerns with the sequestration still looming. >> next at 5:15 howard tells us how many days will be in the 60s, maybe even a 70 before it gets much colder. we'll be back. turke
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